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Track A: Engineering

Since the start of the program in 2003, the Engineering track has been a successful part of the International Summer Program, and we have been able to welcome students from all over the world who are interested in engineering, mathematics, and economics.

This track gives you the opportunity to earn credits for your academic studies at your home university and to experience a different learning culture. Students can select from a catalog of courses taught in English in the following fields:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Biochemical and Chemical Engineering
  • Business & Economics

The focus will be on engineering and economics complemented by two mandatory courses focusing on German language and culture (German Language Course and Germany - Politics, Culture, and Society).








The offered courses in this year's Track A: Engineering are listed below. The preliminary course catalog 2017 can be downloaded here.

Before filling in the application form please have a look at the course catalog, as you are asked for a preliminary course choice. You are completely free to choose the courses which you want to attend from the catalog. A good trade-off between studying and experiencing a foreign culture is a workload of 3 courses.  In addition to the courses you can choose from, the compulsory German Language Course is scheduled on Monday mornings (10am to 1pm) and Wednesday afternoons (4pm to 7pm).

The following list will help you to find some background information on the courses that were offered in 2016. By clicking on the field names you will be forwarded to the website of the respective discipline, while the course names are linked to the website of the chair teaching the course.


Applied Mathematics


Automation and Robotics


Biochemical and Chemical Engineering


Business & Economics


In case you need more information on a course, e.g. to be able to transfer the granted credits to your home university, please contact  or .

You can also take part in a research project in addition to or instead of the offered courses. You can find more information about undertaking a research project here.



Learning Culture

The learning culture in Germany is quite different from countries that use the American education system. Courses in engineering and natural science can generally be divided into two parts: lectures and tutorials.

In the lectures the theory of a topic is taught by a professor, and in the tutorials the theory is put to use with practical examples explained by junior researchers. In most cases the grades are determined by the outcome of a final examination either in a written or in an oral form. In a written exam, you have to solve tasks similar to the tutorial examples in a certain period of time (~90 min.), whereas an oral exam consists of a small individual discussion (~30 min.) with the professor about the course topics.

In certain courses there are intermediate evaluations of your understanding of the concepts through take home assignments and/or mid-term exams. Please note that in Germany the whole spectrum of grades is used.



Target Group

This track is designed mainly for students from partner universities from all over the world in their third or fourth year. It is also suitable for graduate students. However, we also welcomed sophomore students in the past.


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M. Sc. Marc Kalliski

phone 0049 - 231 - 755 7378


Students’ Comments

"The engineering courses are unique, and many are not offered with the same specialization as in the US. I think the courses give variety to my resume and I found some particularly interesting. I really liked my engineering professors aswell. All were very well spoken, engaging, and extremely well-qualified." (Participant, ISP 2010)

I wish to express the amount of knowledge gained and experiences I have had with the Dortmund ISP program. I think that this program offers more experiences rather than typical classromm settings, because it allows time for travelling as well. The friendliness of the people in the lab I worked for was wonderful." (Jaqueline Budz, Carnegie Mellon University, ISP 2012)

“On the academic side, the classes are challenging and definitely aggregated value to my skills set. They many times go beyond theory, entering practical activities and, for that matter, there are also the research projects to extend the hands-on experience.” (Glauber Mosqueira, University of Pennsylvania, ISP 2009)